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Nine new national strategic research networks launched by NSERC

Hamilton, ON – The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) has announced funding for nine new strategic research networks across the country, providing them with a total of $45 million support over five years. The networks encompass fields including environmental science and technologies, natural resources and energy, health and related life sciences and technologies, and information and communications technologies.

Each network will receive $5 million over five years through NSERC. The nine networks are:

– Network Ensuring Safe Drinking Water for Small and Rural Communities (RES’EAU-WaterNet), University of British Columbia, Vancouver.
– Canadian Pollination Initiative (CANPOLIN), University of Guelph.
– Bioconversion Network, University of Guelph.
– Strategic Network for Bioplasmonic Systems, University of Toronto.
– Business Intelligence Network, University of Toronto.
– 20/20: Ophthalmic Materials Network, McMaster University, Hamilton.
– Canadian Seismic Research Network, McGill University, Montreal.
– Healthcare Support through Information Technology Enhancements (hSITE) McGill University, Montreal.
– Hydrogen Canada (H2CAN) Strategic Research Network, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières.

“Canada already has an international reputation for excellent research in these areas, and over the next five years these networks will both build on and increase that capacity,” said Dr Suzanne Fortier, president of NSERC. “NSERC is pleased to support them as they apply the strength of our academic research to the task of building long-term prosperity and innovation for our country.”